Education & Training for Horse and Rider
Education & Training for Horse and Rider 

2016 was a year of big changes

As many of you know from following my blog updates that at the end of 2015 i really thought my luck had  changed, i had taken on a gorgeous horse on loan called Emilio and i had my sights set on competing him up to adv medium dressage as well as producing a new young horse that i had bought too... However shortly after the new year arrived my hopes and plans came crashing down.

 I had injured my back and was getting a lot of pain as well as severe cramps and muscle spasm in my legs, riding was often too painful and yard work became impossible... after some investigation, physio, osteopath and eventually an MRI scan, it revealed that i had a large disk bulge that was compressing the nerves to my left leg, shortly after the scan the pain became numbness and i lost most of the feeling in the lower half of my left leg... I had acupuncture and physio but was strongly advised not to ride or do any lifting as i risked rupturing the disk and forcing surgery.

 This left me in a horrible postion of having to look at different work options for the forst time in nearly 20 years, i also had to face up to fact that with a year of not riding ahead of me i would have to sell my youngster and return Emilio back to his owners....

 As you can imagine i was not in a good place, i was so lucky and amazed when i managed to get a job with an incredible PR and Marketing company, this enable me to work from home and rest my back.

 So with the extra money i had from losing the other horses i took on a lovely little yard with my friends and this became my happy place... it was so lovely to have alex back in a stable, be able to tuck him up at night, and also keep my hand in too...

 So here i am pretty much a year since my back problems started, I am so excited to say that Alex had an ultra sound scan on his tendons and they looked as good as they ever will and so togther we began a slow fittening plan together....

 Alex and i have never been happy hackers and we spent more time spinning around and whizzing off than enjoying a quiet stroll, so i decided to start some of our spook busting and build our relationship... inspired by Emma Massingale i played around with him and even done some riding at liberty... This was really the inpiration behind my new approach to hacking out, I have my neck strap firmly grasped in one hand and nice loose relaxed reins in the other, it may sound obvious to so many of you but i never realised due to my own nerves how much i was transmitting this to poor Alex.... we are now several weeks into our fitness program and despite a set back of being diagnosed with a bone spavin in his hock, we are enjoying some fantastic long hacks together.

 I am feeling extremely excited about next year now... and am keenly planning my comeback for next season, Sadly this will not be on Alex so i have the task ahead of me of saving up and looking to find the right horse!! 

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